STEM Building Location Finalized
Churchill Field site selected by President’s Cabinet, advisory committee, college deans
Published: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 18:09
The debate about the location of the new $29.6 million STEM building has finally come to a conclusion. Site one was chosen as the final spot for its placement, which includes the east patio of the Memorial Union and the vicinity of Churchill Field.
The finalized location, as discussed in an earlier article on Sept. 12, is not a favorite of some of the student body. The students are concerned with the loss of green space.
Michael Black, a sophomore in University Studies, wrote a letter to the editor of The Spectrum, which was published on Sept. 16. He voiced concerns regarding Site one being favored over Site three, which is a parking lot. In his letter, Black said, “This society has for too long bowed and cowed to the internal combustion gods. Do not weigh parking places in considering where the new STEM building should go. Consider people, students and nature.”
Black also suggested in his letter that some of the state fleet vehicles be removed from the campus and their parking spots be used for the new building’s location.
Another student Anna Ghebregzi, a freshman in University Studies said, “I’d say a parking lot is better than green space because I’m a tree hugger, but even otherwise, it is good to have greenery and some grass around.”
The final decision to choose Site one was made after a meeting of the President’s Cabinet, advisory committee and Deans of various colleges. The night before, Site three had been decided upon at the Student Government Senate meeting.
In light of the new decision, the Student Government’s resolution may be considered wherein it mentions that any space left on the Churchill field after the construction of the new building shall not be used for any further new constructions.
This was one of the many amendments that were added to the resolution by the senators who were voicing concerns of their constituents during the senate meeting on Sept. 8.
The final plans for the building are still being drafted by the advisory committee and the three architects that are being consulted by NDSU for this project.
Brian Berg of Zerr Berg Architects, Fargo said in an interview with The Forum, “This building will shape the way the college experience happens for every student who walks through the doors.” Berg is the lead architect on the project.
With Site one finalized, the advisory committee is working on finalizing classroom size based on departmental requirements. Other issues that remain to be discussed include access and bus connectivity to this building and similar logistical issues.
Off Campus Senator Aaron Yaggie said, “Whatever the administration ultimately decides on the STEM building will be in the best interests of future development on NDSU campus.”
The building construction is to start in spring 2014 and complete before fall 2015 when it will be opened for students.